Pertaining to the area of human accomplishments in which intangible creative elements are applied to produce the final product. Can pertain to the production, interpretation or appreciation of works created to evoke specific emotional responses, such as in painting or music.

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Was the radical change in art in the 15th century assisted by technology?

The British artist David Hockney argues in his book Secret Knowledge that: from the early 15th century many Western artists used optics--by which I mean mirrors and lenses (or a combination of the ...
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Is Eşref Armağan an eyeless painter?

There are a number of articles online about a blind, Turkish painter, Eşref Armağan. born without eyes, including a short Wikipedia entry. Purportedly, he's able to create paintings with color and ...
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Is golden ratio the most aesthetically pleasing ratio? [duplicate]

I have read several claims in all kinds of literature (both scientific, less scientific and downwards anti-scientific) about golden ratio and its "aesthetics". However, all the "proofs" I have seen ...
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Was Vincent Van Gogh colour blind? [closed]

An article by Eddie Wrenn, published on Mail Online and titled The incredible images that show how a colour-blind person sees the world (and why it might explain Van Gogh's genius) reports that ...
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Restoration of Jesus fresco a fake?

The story goes: A devout Spanish woman is being roundly criticized after taking it upon herself to restore a church fresco of Jesus, a ham-fisted attempt that left the piece looking like a ...
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Is this gesture Masonic?

So I've got casual acquiantances linking to things on Twitter about how this gesture of sticking your hand in your shirt in your formal portrait is actually Masonic. Without worrying about how much ...
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Does “Where the Wild Things Are” frighten children to a degree that author Maurice Sendak failed to comprehend? [closed]

Until the day he died, Maurice Sendak railed, somewhat playfully, against child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim for the psychologist's criticism of "Where the Wild Things Are": "What's wrong with ...
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Does Denver International Airport display murals of conquering stormtroopers and dead children?

Some people experience unease going through the airport, and it seems best to provide something soothing and uncontroversial to look at while walking to the aircraft .... like advertising. Certainly ...
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Is there a relationship between yellow and moods?

A commonly held belief in visual arts and graphic design is that colours communicate specific moods. Let's concentrate on the colour yellow, for example here: The color yellow gives one a warm ...
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Were the pyramids at Puma Punku built by humans?

According to the TV show Ancient Aliens (clip here), humans could not have designed or built the pyramids at Puma Punku. The specific claims in the video are that: The blocks used in construction ...
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Does camera flash destroy art?

This is a question which is highly discussed on the internet but I've been researching for a long time and I've never found any scientific proof backing this up. It's known (or at least spoken of) ...
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Is the depiction of nudity or sex harmful to minors?

In other words, are the censorship & ratings of movies and other forms of art based on something more than nothing? ;) Or, in a broader sense, I am questioning the very widespread belief that kids ...
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Is Mr. Brainwash a hoax?

I just finished watching Banksy's documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, about Thierry Guetta (a.k.a. "Mr. Brainwash"), an eccentric filmmaker who followed the street art scene until eventually ...
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Was the golden ratio deliberately used for aesthetics in ancient or Renaissance times?

Everyone has heard of the golden ratio, and that the golden rectangle made in this ratio is somehow the most aesthetically pleasing. We know that knowledge of the ratio dates back to at least Euclid ...